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Minnesota officials seek input on ‘Olmstead Plan’ to ensure best service for those with disabilities

A subcabinet of commissioners and experts has prepared a draft Olmstead Plan for the state to “document its plans to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual.”

A team of Minnesota state officials has prepared a draft “Olmstead Plan” [PDF] to show how the state will provide services to individuals with disabilities “in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual,” and now will hold a series of meetings to hear from the public about the draft before preparing a final version.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is chair of the subcabinet preparing the plan. It also includes commissioners of eight state agencies, the state’s ombudsman for mental health and developmental disabilities, and the executive director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Disabilities.

The goal is to improve the way state government provides support and services for persons with disabilities and to improve the quality and independence of people’s lives.

“In Minnesota, we want to be a leader in providing choices for people with disabilities,” Prettner Solon said.

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As the “listening sessions” around the state, officials hope to hear from people with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others about changes needed in housing, employment, transportation, supports and services, and community engagement.

The group will use feedback the public and disability experts to revise its draft and prepare a final version by November.

The statewide public input sessions will be:

  • July 9, 2 – 5 p.m. St. Paul: State Office Building, Room 200
  •  Aug. 2, 9 – 11 a.m.  Moorhead: Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Av. N.
  • Aug. 13, 1 – 4 p.m.  Duluth: Council Chambers, 411 West 1st St.
  • Aug. 19, 1 – 3 p.m.  Rochester: Heintz Center Commons, Rochester Community and Technical College, 1926 College View Rd.